Scholarship Awards: How to apply

The BritishSpanish Society Scholarship Awards 2020 – Application & terms

 

Applications, either direct or via an academic sponsor, should be made by 15 February 2020 to the Grants Secretary of the Society via email to info.scholarship@britishspanishsociety.org

 

Valid application packs must include the following nine separate documents:

 

    1. A scanned copy of your passport or identity card
    2. A scanned copy of the letter of acceptance from the academic institution
    3. Letter/s of reference from an academic sponsor
    4. Form A – Personal information
    5. Form B – Introduction
    6. Form C – Candidate’s profile
    7. Form D – Project
    8. Form E – Centre
    9. Form F – Ethical code

Each document can be one or more pages long, if needed.

Document 3 can be sent separately (only Document 3) providing it is sent directly from an academic sponsor in the correct format and within the given time frame.

 

Scholarship terms, Applications are subject to the following terms:

 

1. Applicants must be United Kingdom or Spanish nationals who are or will be engaged in university studies at postgraduate level that have some connection with bilateral links and relationships between the United Kingdom and Spain in any field of academic interest.

 

2. At the time of application, candidates may be undergraduates in their final year, or be postgraduates seeking, for example, to extend existing qualifications or to carry forward research already initiated.

 

3. Candidates should already have been unconditionally accepted for their postgraduate degrees at the University of their choice and be able to provide written confirmation of this (a scanned copy of the acceptance letter or confirmation of enrolment will suffice). Candidates enrolled in one University planning a visiting research programme at a different centre must provide acceptance documents from both institutions.

 

4. References must be presented on official letter-headed paper, dated, stamped and signed by the sponsor. We will accept recent letters, dated less than one year prior to the application deadline (a scanned copy of your reference letter will suffice). Email references will be equally accepted, provided they have been sent from the official email account of the academic sponsor. Candidates failing to provide references in the correct format could be disqualified from the selection process.

 

5. Candidates are expected to send one application email with all the required documents. References may be sent separately, in the event that the academic sponsor wishes to send references directly, in line with the Scholarships policy – see point 4.

The application email must be sent to info.scholarship@britishspanishsociety.org and the email subject must be: ‘BSS Scholarships Application pack’ followed by the candidate’s full name.

The following documents must be attached onto the application email, with the following titles, including the number codes:

 

    1. Passport / National ID card
    2. Letter of acceptance / Confirmation of enrolment
    3. References
    4. Form A – Personal information
    5. Form B – Introduction
    6. Form C – Candidate’s profile
    7. Form D – Project
    8. Form E – Centre
    9. Form F – Ethical code

Each document may be one or more pages long. Candidates who wish to submit changes before the closing date can do so by sending a new application email including all application documents. The last valid application email will cancel all previous information.

 

6. In line with the General Data Protection Regulations and in order to preserve a fair evaluation process, documents 5, 6, 7 and 8 stating the candidate’s project and centre information must not mention the candidate’s personal data or contact details or include candidate’s photographs.

 

7. The ethical code of conduct section at the end of this application form must be filled in by all applicants

 

8. The Society’s aim is to provide support for a course or research project which would not be possible without this additional funding. In so far as the BSS is concerned, the BSS Scholarship Awards are compatible with other grants or funding schemes. Applications from working professionals in receipt of a salary to develop their projects cannot be accepted.

 

9. When considering applications, the Council will take into account whether they conform to the objectives of the Society, which is a non-political organisation whose aim is to promote friendship and understanding among the peoples of the United Kingdom and Spain through knowledge of each other’s customs, institutions, history and way of life.

 

10. Successful applicants are expected to join the BritishSpanish Society and become members of the Charity for a minimum period of one year. Membership should be active before the date of the awards ceremony. A small fee applies, including a 50% student discount.

 

11. Details of the benefactors that very generously support our programme can be found on the BritishSpanish Society website. Their representatives will be involved in the selection process.

 

12. Grants can be used towards research materials, travel, academic fees and, where appropriate, accommodation. Each grant will range from £5,000 to £6,000 maximum.

 

13. Awarded candidates will be asked to submit a short article on their research and experiences within nine months of the scholarship award, for publication on the Charity’s website, La Revista magazine and/or institutional materials.

 

14. Publications regarding the granted research/project should mention that it was made possible thanks to the support of [name of the Principal Supporter] and the BritishSpanish Society Grant. Reference of publications regarding the funded project should be sent to info.scholarship@britishspanishsociety.org

 

15. Awarded master’s degree projects should mention the essential support of the Principal Supporter and the BritishSpanish Society Grant on their final theses.

 

16. If the awardee appears in the media in relation to the funded research/project, it should be notified to the BritishSpanish Society at info.scholarship@britishspanishsociety.org

 

17. Candidates agree that, if their application is successful, the BritishSpanish Society can refer to them and their award, and include relevant quotes, in its own publicity.

 

18. Due to the large number of projects received, the Charity is unable to provide feedback. No feedback will be offered.

 

19. Applications can be submitted from December 2019 (in the first instance to the Grants Secretary) until the closing date for applications 15 February 2020. Please note that no applications, or further documents, will be accepted after 15 February 2020. It is intended that the six main scholarship awards (one for each Principal Supporter, two for Santander Universities) will be awarded in May 2020 at a ceremony reception at the Embassy of Spain in London.

 

20. The BritishSpanish Society will contact successful applicants by email with appropriate notice. If the Charity receives no confirmation of acceptance of the award and attendance to the Ceremony within five working days from the first notification email, the Charity will attempt different means to reach the candidate. Failing to establish contact within five working days, the candidate could be disqualified. Details regarding the Awards Ceremony will reach awardees at a later stage and with appropriate notice.

 

21. Evaluation criteria:

 

Form C – Candidate Profile (up to 20 points)

  • Education up to 10 points
  • Professional experience up to 10 points

Form D – Project (up to 70 points)

  • Clarity of exposition up to 10 points
  • Methodology up to 10 points
  • Impact up to 30 points
  • British – Spanish link up to 20 points

Form E – Centre (up to 10 points)

Form B – Introduction will be only evaluated among shortlisted candidates.


Please note that only applications that include all the required documents, received in the correct format and in a timely manner will be considered for these scholarship awards.

 

Note: When assessing the strength of applications for the BritishSpanish Society scholarships, apart from considering whether they conform with the objects of the Society, the relevance of candidates’ applications to the work of our Principal Supporters may be considered. Candidates may want to reflect on how best to present their applications with reference to our Supporters’ websites, and are welcome to indicate if they feel their application is especially suited to the interests of a particular Supporter. Past awarded candidates’ profile highlights and project summaries are available on our website for guidance.

 

Download application documents 4-9 (forms A-F)

 

  1. Passport / National ID card
  2. Letter of acceptance / Confirmation of enrolment
  3. References
  4. Form A – Personal information -PDF
  5. Form B – Introduction -PDF
  6. Form C – Candidate’s profile -PDF
  7. Form D – Project -PDF
  8. Form E – Centre -PDF
  9. Form F – Ethical code -PDF

 

  1. Passport / National ID card
  2. Letter of acceptance / Confirmation of enrolment
  3. References
  4. Form A – Personal information -MS Word
  5. Form B – Introduction -MS Word
  6. Form C – Candidate’s profile -MS Word
  7. Form D – Project -MS Word
  8. Form E – Centre -MS Word
  9. Form F – Ethical code -MS Word

The BritishSpanish Society Prize sponsored by the University of Wales Press and Iberian and Latin American Studies Series.

 

Proposals should be sent by 12.00 noon UK time 30 November 2016 to the Head of Commissioning of the University of Wales Press via email to s.lewis@press.wales.ac.uk

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